A Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland – Public Discussion Document

Created on: Monday, 18 January 2021. Posted in: News

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a Discussion Document in advance of developing the first Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland.  Closing date 15 February 2021 at 17:00


The full press release from DAERA here. Minister Poots said: “Air pollution can have a serious effect on people's health. Research by the British Heart Foundation estimates that hundreds of deaths in Northern Ireland are attributable to air pollution each year.

“Deaths attributed to air pollution are avoidable and that is why I am launching a discussion document on Northern Ireland’s first ever Clean Air Strategy.

“Today, I’m standing opposite the Ulster Hospital, on a main arterial route into Belfast and on the edge of an Air Quality Management Area which was designated as a result of levels of nitrogen dioxide from road transport. How we live, work and travel has a huge impact on the quality of air we breathe and whilst there is no silver bullet, there is a lot that we can do to better tackle our largest environmental health risk.  

“This discussion document is a step forward in raising awareness among the public of the sources of air pollution and the adverse impact that their every-day decisions and behaviours have on the air we breathe, and ultimately our quality of life and lifespan.

“I would like everyone to respond and give us your big ideas. Every person who lives and works in Northern Ireland is affected by our air quality and can help to improve it.”


View the discussion document here

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